[whatwg] Web Applications Markup Language 1.0 is an XUIL?

Dave Hodder dmh at dmh.org.uk
Tue Aug 3 13:36:43 PDT 2004

I'm not precisely sure of what the Web Applications Markup Language 
remit is.  However, it seems to me to be a good place to bring *some* 
XUL-like features to HTML, but largely to fill in a few (non-forms 
related) gaps rather than to turn HTML into a full-blown UI description 

One big win from my point of view (BTW I'm a web app developer who has 
yet to abandon HTML for Flash) would be tags for drop down menus, that 
could contain hyperlinks or be associated with scripting.  At present 
it's possible to do with JavaScript, or with HTML 'select' elements, but 
something less fragile or cludgy I think is called for.  *Keyboard 
accessibily would be a must.*

XUL does this with its 'menu' element.  The XHTML 2.0 Working Drafts 
have an 'nl' (navigation list) element which is being actively discussed 
at the moment.  Both, I think, fit the bill; if it's workable I'd like 
to suggest copying the XHTML 2.0 'nl' as much as possible.

Thank you,


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